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14                       THE FATE OF MAN

to remain himself, to have his own innet being,
to define firom within himself his own attitude
towatd the world and toward other people. And
what is still more astonishing is that man in the
post-war generations has acquired a taste for all
this. He does not feel himself oppressed, he
rather inclines to place himself under such a
discipline. The war educated a generation of
believers in force. The demons of hatred and
murder then released continue their activity.

We shall see that in all the present historical
process a greater role than that of the war is
played by another force, a force of far longer
duration, a force of almost cosmic significance ;
technics1 and the mechanisation of life* The
war was the border beyond which there begins
a new form of collective human existence, the
generalization of mankind. The fact is not of
great significance that the process of socializing
and nationalizing property and economics is going
on so rapidly; this is a matter of justice and
elementary necessity* What is significant is that
Tffe are witnessing the socialization and national-
isation of human souls, of man himself- This
process began with capitalism, in capitalistic

This word, increasingly used in several other languages,
for the sum of modern scientific progress, especially


and mechanical:   it is the modern
some continental people like to contrast with their
ctilture/'  D. A, L.